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I began working as an academic tutor when I was just sixteen years old. Six years later, college degree in hand, I decided to start specializing in standardized test prep. In the two years since then, I've helped students prepare for the SAT, ACT, ISEE, HSPT, and SSAT. I have been so amazed and inspired by the work ethic and determination of all of my students, and have seen them achieve hundreds of points in score increases.
I got into test prep for two reasons. The first is that I love being able to guide students and their parents through the exciting and stressful experience of applying to college. Great test scores remain one of the easiest ways for students to increase their chances of college acceptance, and I am honored to help people make that dream come true. The second reason is that I believe we've made important standardized tests, like the SAT and ACT, seem scarier than they actually are. I firmly believe that with enough time and hard work, anyone can achieve an amazing score. With that in mind, my philosophy is strategy, not content. Most students already have all of the information they need to ace these tests, they just need someone to show them how to apply their knowledge most effectively.
My own educational background also makes me a perfect tutor for a wide array of academic subjects. I graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York in 2011. Sarah Lawrence is an extremely unique school for a number of reasons, most famously because it has no majors or core requirements. I took full advantage of this by studying almost every subject available. During my four years at SLC, I took courses in literature, theatre, neuroscience, American history, creative writing, and physiology. I also spent a semester in Moscow, Russia, training at the Moscow Art Theatre.
One of my core areas of study, however, was psychology. I focused primarily on cognitive development, and supplemented my theoretical studies with fieldwork in progressive elementary schools and remedial literacy programs. I spent two years volunteering with the literacy specialist at a public school in Westport, Connecticut. Since that time, reading and writing support have been some of my favorite subjects to teach, because they allow me to share my own deep-seated love of reading with others who would otherwise miss out on the magical world of books. These experiences also earned me a great understanding of special needs students.
At the end of the day, I'm a tutor because I love being a student. I never want to stop learning, and working as a teacher has pretty much guaranteed that that desire will come true!
I began working with ISEE in students in the fall of 2012. Since then, I have worked with dozens of students at the lower, middle, and upper levels of the test. I have drawn upon my background in psychology, more specifically cognitive development, to best help these young students, who often have not yet experienced a lengthy and important standardized test on this level. A huge part of my philosophy is stress management and strategy - because most ISEE students have not yet dealt with a test of this magnitude, it's important to put these skills in place, so that they can continue to draw upon them later in their educational careers, when they face the even higher-stakes world of the SAT and ACT.
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